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“This person only shares certain information with everyone”: Dealing with challenges of access in designing research for investigating online bullying in children’s accounts of using social media


Canty, J and Stubbe, M and Steers, D and Collings, S, 'This person only shares certain information with everyone': Dealing with challenges of access in designing research for investigating online bullying in children's accounts of using social media, IIEMCA Conference 2015 - Living the material world, 4-7 August, University of Southern Denmark (2015) [Conference Extract]

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Researching with children and researching online interactions present an array of methodological and method challenges for research design related to accessing the scenes of interest. Barriers to access can be categorised as technological and ethical. Although visibility and permanence are noted characteristics of social media, there are a range of strategies available to users, including children, for hiding their interactions from public view, thus creating a technological barrier. One option is to focus on publicly accessible data however this offers only a limited insight into the range of children’s social interactions on social media. Another option is to ‘lurk’ or use an assumed identity, which increases access to some (but not all) interactions of potential interest. These in turn contribute to ethical barriers, especially in terms of deception and informed consent for data to be used in research. Children are often specifically identified as a vulnerable population, and as a result the ethical bar is raised even higher in the minds of researchers, parents and other gatekeepers, and research ethics committees.

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Item Type:Conference Extract
Keywords:social research methods, ethonography, conversation analysis, children and bullying, social media
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Social work
Research Field:Counselling, wellbeing and community services
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Community services
Objective Field:Children's services and childcare
UTAS Author:Canty, J (Dr Justin Canty)
ID Code:135180
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Social Work
Deposited On:2019-10-04
Last Modified:2019-10-04

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